§ MR. MACALEESE
On behalf of the hon. Member for North Donegal (Mr. THOMAS B. COREAN), I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether the Commissioners of National Education in Ireland will issue instructions to the Examiner of Inishowen, County Donegal, to take into account the prevalence of influenza and other sickness in that locality?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Examiners for Results Fees cannot depart from the provisions of the Rules under which no allowance can be made for epidemics in allotting the marks on which those fees are paid. But, on the general question of diminished attendances of pupils, owing to epidemics, every consideration possible within the limits of the Board's Rules, and of the Acts under which payments are made, will be given to the claims of the schools of the locality referred to, when the School Returns setting forth the causes of low average come to be dealt with.